Collierley Primary School uses Accelerated Reader as a way to encourage children to be enthusiastic, independent readers. It is not tied to a scheme and uses books easily found in school and public libraries as well as homes and book shops.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
This online program is used by children in key stage one and two. The computer program assesses each child and determines an appropriate level for the books which they read. Mrs Wilkinson leads the Accelerated Reader in our school.
The benefit of AR is that the children take fun quizzes once they have read their book and receive immediate feedback on their performance. It means that children are improving their comprehension skills as well as the mechanics of reading. Often with reading schemes, children appear to be fluent readers but have little understanding of the texts they are reading. AR allows the child to read interesting books at an appropriate level. They learn and grow at their own pace.
A simple parents’ guide is available here.
How can I help my child become a better reader?
As with anything, performance improves with practice. According to Renaissance Learning’s research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains. Encourage your child to read at home, discuss books, ask questions about what they have read and visit your local library.
For Early Years children this booklet – I-spy-a-picture-book – gives lots of tips and activities for introducing very young children to reading. There are excellent tips for sharing books and encouraging reluctant readers on the Book Trust website.
Parents often ask for lists of recommended books. This site has lots of lists! Use the drop down menu at the top of the home page to find books suitable for each school year.
This computer based reading software is used by selected children in KS2 as an additional support to improving their skills as a reader. Originally developed to support children with the diagnosis of dyslexia, it was recognised that all children can benefit from the personalised programme as it adjusts to what the individual child needs.
Children are invited to access this as a selected member of the LEXIA Breakfast club, during daily lessons or during the LEXIA morning club. These interventions are led by Mrs Martin.